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Saurabh Khanna tops ICSE Class X exam with 96.8 per cent; Gaurav Puri first
in Plus Two

Students of St Joseph Convent Boys’ School have brought laurels to their schools by bagging the top two positions (in the city) in Class X as well as Plus Two examination conducted by the ICSE this year, the results of which were declared last evening on internet.

Most rickshaw-pullers in city are farmers back home
After harvesting their crops and with nothing much to do till the monsoon arrives to irrigate the next farming cycle, these farmers from central Uttar Pradesh


 

EARLIER EDITIONS

 

Divided house over honouring hockey greats
Considered a historic centre that produces hockey greats, Jalandhar is now engulfed in a controversy over the selection of players from among the Sikh players who were part of the Indian Hockey team at the peak of its glory by an NGO honouring them with awards.

Age has not dimmed his zeal for knowledge
Most of the people opt for relaxing or some other entertaining venture after their retirement. But, Mr Muni Lal Ohri desired to go for a Ph.D degree. The title of thesis was ‘Behaviour of Footings Resting on Strong Reinforced Sand Layer Underlain by weak Soil’. The degree was conferred upon him by Kurukshetra University.

Bonding for the best
Mothers in Mallian village learn about parenting styles
Psychologists make much ado about “styles” of parenting. The psycho-babble often veers around permissive versus authoritarian versus democratic parenting styles. But to people from villages, all this sounds alien.

  • Checklist for parents

Five-day workshop for teachers
More than 400 teachers from 170 Army Schools participated in a five-day PRTs workshop organised at Army Public School, Beas.

YOUNG WORLD
Cultural fiesta at Police DAV Public School
 ATalent Hunt Contest was concluded at Police DAV Public School on Wednesday. Nearly 85 students of Classes III, IV and V participated in solo song, solo dance and laugh a minute and mimicry. Ms Jasvir Kaur, head of the department of psychology from HMV College and an eminent TV artiste, was the chief guest. The programme was organised in three phases unfolding with music events.

Pensioners launch joint struggle for demands
Leaders of all federations and associations of the Central government employees, All India Central Government Pensioners’ Association (AICGPA) and Bharat Pensioner Samaj have decided to join hands to wage a joint “struggle” to press for their demands.

 

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Saurabh Khanna tops ICSE Class X exam with 96.8 per cent; Gaurav Puri first in Plus Two
By Deepkamal Kaur

Saurabh Khanna
Saurabh Khanna

Abhishek Saini
Abhishek Saini

Arshneet Singh
Arshneet Singh

Gaurav Puri
Gaurav Puri

Mandeep Kaur
Mandeep Kaur

Jasmeet Singh
Jasmeet Singh

Students of St Joseph Convent Boys’ School have brought laurels to their schools by bagging the top two positions (in the city) in Class X as well as Plus Two examination conducted by the ICSE this year, the results of which were declared last evening on internet.

While Saurabh Khanna from the school has topped the Class X examination with 96.8 per cent, Abhishek Saini has stood second with 96 per cent marks.

Among Plus Two students, Gaurav Puri of non-medical stream has clinched the top rank with 88.2 per cent, while Jasmeet Singh from the same discipline is second with 86.4 per cent.

Commerce student Mandeep Kaur has also got the second rank with 86.4 per cent. Satyam Dutt (medical stream) is third with 85.6 per cent. Just four marks short of him is Khushpreet Singh from the same stream with 84.8 per cent. Nidhi Kaushik is second among commerce students with 81.8 per cent.

The pass percentage of the boys’ school is hundred per cent, as all 96 students of Class X have passed, with 95 taking distinctions. The lowest percentage of any student of the class is 73.6 per cent. In Plus Two, 51 out of 58 students have got distinctions.

Girls from St Joseph Convent School, Cantonment Road, too, have shown an outstanding result in Class X examination. Swati Sadana is first with 94.8 per cent.

Close behind her is Sanya Sharma with 94.2 per cent. Ruchira Wadhwa is third with 93.8 per cent. Arshneet from the boys’ school has also got the same percentage with 563 marks out of 600.

The girls’ school, too, has shown 100 per cent pass percentage. Many girls have scored full 100 marks in individual subjects. Kriti has got 100 per cent marks in mathematics, while nine girls, including Sanya Sharma and Surbhi Midda, have scored cent per cent in computer applications examination.

The pass percentage of Class X students from Seventh Day Adventist School, Cantonment Road, is 91 per cent. Barbie Garg is first among Class X students with 86 per cent. Suraj Bhandari has topped among Plus Two students with 74.8 per cent.

In SD Model School, Sodal Link Road, 68 out of 74 students from Class X have passed the examination. The school principal did not give the result details, as he said that he did not want to rely on the result available on the Internet.

Jalandhar Plus talked to a cross-section of toppers to know about their aspirations. Gaurav Puri said that he aimed at becoming a software engineer. Son of a banker, he has already appeared for the IIT entrance test and is currently preparing for entrance to BITS, Pilani.

Saurabh Khanna, too, aims at clearing the IIT. He is currently in Delhi from where he has started taking coaching in IIT entrance examination.

His parents, Dr Ravi Khanna and Dr Sarika Khanna, said that Saurabh would take admission to Plus One in a Delhi-based school so that he was able to continue with the coaching classes.

The girls’ school second rank holder, Sanya Sharma, is doing Plus One in medical stream from MGN Public School. Daughter of a pharmacist at PAP Hospital, she aims at becoming a doctor, though she has taken biotechnology as one of the subjects so that she can have a wider choice.

Ruchira Wadhwa, too, is doing Plus One in medical stream from MGN Public School. Daughter of a CA, she aims at pursuing medicine like her older sister.

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Most rickshaw-pullers in city are farmers back home
By Sourabh Gupta

After harvesting their crops and with nothing much to do till the monsoon arrives to irrigate the next farming cycle, these farmers from central Uttar Pradesh and parts of Bihar come to Jalandhar to pull rickshaws.

In the heat of the maturing summer, clutching on to scarce belongings, squeezed inside general compartments, with or without tickets, hundreds of dark, famished-looking citizens of India follow the trail of food security to this city they consider richer than their own land.

But these hard-working people do not carry a heavy heart, for they know that it is only a form of seasonal employment and they can return home after some months.

Raju, a farmer back home and a rickshaw-puller here, says it is an yearly trip. “I got down from the train two days back. Now I will pull rickshaw for two months and go back.” He says, panting as he pulls the rickshaw, that he had been coming here for eight years now.

He adds that the farmers in Punjab have tubewells and they can start sowing and irrigating their lands soon after harvesting. “But in our area in UP, there are hardly any tubewells or canals. We have to wait for the rains.”

“Then why sit idle at home when we can earn some money by coming here?” he asks.

Like most from his fraternity in the city, Raju’s rickshaw is on hire. They pay a daily fee of Rs 15-Rs 20, and earn Rs 100-150 in a day.

Raju says he plans to save up to Rs 3,000 by the end of the trip.

Babu Ram, an elderly farmer, who has been making such seasonal trips since the last 35 years, has bought his own rickshaw. “Its on monthly installments. A new rickshaw costs over Rs 6,500. Older ones are also available.”

Raju says those giving rickshaws on hire are people from their own areas who have made it big here, if only in a relative sense.

Anirudh, from UP, claims that most of the rickshaw-pullers in the city are only looking for seasonal employment.

Many of the rickshaw-pullers said their land holdings were small, from five to 15 bighas (one to three acres), and the produce never generated enough money to sustain the families till the next harvest season.

Since, they say, their aim at coming over thousands of kilometers away from home is to save money, they suppress their living standards to the basic minimum.

Most of these people, like all migrants, stay in small rooms with lowest possible rent. Raju says he shares a room with seven other people and his monthly rent comes to be just over Rs 100. Like all migrants, they also cook their own food to reduce expenses further.

“We have to save money. Otherwise the produce our families use for consumption will have to be sold,” Anirudh said. It’s a form of subsistence farming.

Babu Ram lives in a makeshift tent in an area he calls “Pandit Ka Dera” near the SSP Office. Over 50 rickshaw-pullers stay there and the place sees a change of faces as people arrive and leave.

There are several such pockets in the city, including one near the Bus Stand.

The rickshaw-pullers do not have any union. The broken nature of the job with changing faces may be the reason.

The rickshaw-pullers will start returning to their native village in a month’s time and return after Divali and stay till January.

This old community of these rickshaw-pullers has turned complex with time. The mechanism ensures that there is never a shortfall of rickshaw-pullers even after most of them return to the farms. Some choose to stay back because they have no land to return to.

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Divided house over honouring hockey greats
By Anuradha Shukla

Considered a historic centre that produces hockey greats, Jalandhar is now engulfed in a controversy over the selection of players from among the Sikh players who were part of the Indian Hockey team at the peak of its glory by an NGO honouring them with awards.

“The spirit of sportsmanship should be maintained for carrying out the selection process,” Balbir Singh Senior says about the 10 players named by the NGO— India Hockey.com as “all-time greats”.

The sentiments of Balbir Senior, who has been honoured as the “Best Ever” player by the NGO, are shared by the likes of Surinder Sodhi, who calls for a more comprehensive policy to form the basis of any such selection and not the religion of the player.

The IndiaHockey.com named Balbir Singh Senior as the best ever and Udham Singh, who holds the world record of having played in four Olympics, Harbinder Singh, Prithipal Singh, Balbir Singh from the Railways, Dharam Singh Senior, Surjit Singh, Ajit Pal Singh, presently Director Sports Punjab, Pargat Singh, and Colonel Balbir Singh as the “all-time greats” from among the hockey greats.

The likes of Harcharan Singh, who is the world’s best left out forward player who helped the team win the 1975 Kuala Lumpur World Hockey Cup by scoring during the crucial moments of the game, the gold medal winner in 1948, Tarlochan Singh Bawa, the 1968 Olympic team Captain and bronze winner, Gurbaksh Singh, 1972 Munich Olympic Captain, Harmeek Singh, and the world’s best left half Ajit Singh, who also holds the record of scoring in the eighth second of the game, the 1964 Olympic Captain Charanjit Singh, the captain of the team in 1980 Moscow Olympics and also a gold medal winner and top scorer for the team, Surinder Sodhi, 1966 Asian medal winner and member of the 1968 bronze wining team, Tarsem Singh, besides Varinder Singh, Baldev Singh, Devinder Singh Garcha, Mukhbain Singh have not been named.

Among the younger generation players, the likes of Olympians Harpreet Singh, Ramandeep Singh Olympic Sydney 200 captain, Baljit Dhillon, 2002 World Cup captain, Baljit Saini, and the present team members Gaganajit Singh, Tejbir Singh, Jugraj Singh, Rajpal Singh and Kanwalpreet Singh are all doing India proud, but their names have not been considered for any hockey honours by the NGO.

Olympian Baljit Singh Dhillon feels that the awards based on religion are against the interests of the sportsmen, who always play as a team and not as individual players. “Players from every community in the country have contributed to the success of the team at the world-level and such awards only divide and segregate the players,” he says.

He adds that a private Delhi NGO has no right to name Punjabi players for awards.

When asked about the controversy, Pargat Singh Director, Sports, Punjab, whose name figures in the list of the ten players, said that the hue and cry was uncalled for, as the decision to honour the ten players was based on what the expert committee, formed by the NGO, felt.

“The whole issue has been blown out of proportion. Had it been the government announcing awards, the questions raised would have made some sense,” he said.

“Giving honours to players is a common trend among the private companies in sports arena and no one can question as to why someone was honoured and others were ignored,” he adds. 

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Age has not dimmed his zeal for knowledge
By Arun Sharma

Mr Muni Lal OhriMost of the people opt for relaxing or some other entertaining venture after their retirement. But, Mr Muni Lal Ohri desired to go for a Ph.D degree. The title of thesis was ‘Behaviour of Footings Resting on Strong Reinforced Sand Layer Underlain by weak Soil’. The degree was conferred upon him by Kurukshetra University.

This is the first time that a person completed the research in this field, Dr Ohri claimed.

Dr Ohri, who completed his thesis under the guidance of Dr A.K. Agnihotri from Jalandhar, did his M.E. from Panjab University with a distinction in 1986. He had completed his B.Sc (Engineering) degree from Benaras Hindu University.

Dr Ohri, who has taken over as the Principal of the College of Engineering and Management, Kapurthala, after he retired from Mehr Chand Polytechnic (MCP), Jalandhar, last year, claimed that he was able to bring various qualitative and quantitative change for the betterment of MCP, Jalandhar, during his tenure as Principal over there.

“I was able to increase the number of seats in all the disciplines to 1,080 from 570”, claimed Dr Ohri.

In addition to this, the college was declared best among the polytechnical colleges of the Northern region for the first time in the 50-year history of the college when he was principal, he claimed.

A diploma course in Computer Engineering was started by him, besides the construction of new laboratories and receiving grants from the AICTE for the college, added Dr Ohri.

A fellow member of the Institutions of Engineers further claimed that it was the first time in the history of Polytechnics that a person from the field was awarded a Ph.D degree.

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Bonding for the best
Mothers in Mallian village learn about parenting styles
By Minna Zutshi

Psychologists make much ado about “styles” of parenting. The psycho-babble often veers around permissive versus authoritarian versus democratic parenting styles. But to people from villages, all this sounds alien. They would rather talk about crop cycles than spare a thought on parenting styles. So, it was a bit of surprise for 100 odd women from Mallian village, near Nakodar, when Mr Lakhbir Singh, president of the NGO Pahal, spoke to them about the need for attitudinal change vis-à-vis their children.

“Unless parents understand their children and offer them unconditional love and support, a child tends to feel neglected and insecure,” the Pahal president told the participants of the workshop.

The thrust of the talk was on developing the bond of “trust” between the parents and the children. “This trust is not blind faith. It has more to do with accepting your child with openness that is the right mix of freedom and discipline.”

There was also a discussion on the need to let the children have their share of independence. “Foisting moral values on the youngsters is of no use. However, it’s imperative for parents to keep a tab on the activities of their children. They should know their children, and their children’s friends,” said Mr Lakhbir Singh.

Parents, particularly mothers, did not have to be preachy. They could discuss their own life stories with their children. “But please refrain from comparing your sons and daughters with others. Comparisons are odious,” the mothers attending the workshop were told.

Checklist for parents

  • Trust your child
  • Be honest
  • Give unconditional love to your children
  • Never make fun of your child
  • Keep communication channels open
  • Provide protective environment to your child
  • If your child clams up in social situations, help her out
  • Discuss role models with your child

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Five-day workshop for teachers
Tribune News Service

More than 400 teachers from 170 Army Schools participated in a five-day PRTs workshop organised at Army Public School, Beas.

Colonel G.S. Bhullar, Deputy Cdr. 55(1), Mech Bde, inaugurated the first of the series of four workshops planned by the AWES HQ, New Delhi, and Future Focus Foundation, a network of professionals from reputed institutions of the country.

Stressing on the need of equipping the teachers with latest techniques, Colonel Bhullar said that a teacher could never teach unless he is still learning himself.

“Teaching fraternity should never be satisfied with what is accomplished and they should keep on trying to grasp new ideas,” urged Col Bhullar in his inaugural address.

Colonel B.S. Braria, Director Schools, AWES, Army HQ, New Delhi, and Colonel Balbir Singh Additional Director, AWES Cell, 11 Corps, among others were present on the occasion.

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YOUNG WORLD
Cultural fiesta at Police DAV Public School
By Deepkamal Kaur

ATalent Hunt Contest was concluded at Police DAV Public School on Wednesday. Nearly 85 students of Classes III, IV and V participated in solo song, solo dance and laugh a minute and mimicry. Ms Jasvir Kaur, head of the department of psychology from HMV College and an eminent TV artiste, was the chief guest.

The programme was organised in three phases unfolding with music events. A variety of music events, including shabads, folk-songs, film numbers and classical songs were presented. The second phase had dance and the last part had laughter show anchored by Mehtab and Kanav acting as Shekhar Suman and Navjot Singh Sidhu, respectively.

In music events, Ravneet, Astha and Bonny were declared the best singers among Class V, IV and III students, respectively. In dance contest, Divya, Aman, Virdi and Richa stood first among Class V students. Shweta clinched the first prize among Class IV participants. Kushleen and Anureeti were adjudged as the best dancers among Class III participants.

In laughter show, Jatinder, Shubham and Maninder were declared the best comedians. Manjeet was declared second, while the third prize went to Nikhil, Devshree and Akash. Ms Rashmi Vij, principal, gave prizes to the winners.

Annual function

Lovely Institutes celebrated its annual function on Wednesday. Mr K.K. Aggarwal, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Gobind Singh Inderprasth University, New Delhi, was the chief guest. He gave away prizes to the meritorious students. The programme began with Saraswati Vandana. A variety of entertainment items like ghazal, duet song, classical song and Punjabi folk song were presented. Mr Ashok Mittal, President of Lovely Institutes, gave a vote of thanks.

Placements

Daffodil Software Ltd, Gurgaon, a Java-based products and solutions provider, conducted a joint campus recruitment for leading technical institutions located in and around Jalandhar at the DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology here on Thursday.

More than 250 final year students from B.Tech (computer science and engineering), B.Tech (information technology) and MCA courses from the host college, Lovely Institute of Engineering and Technology, Amritsar, Apeejay Institute of Management, Chitkara Institute of Engineering and Technology, and College of Engineering and Management, Kapurthala, are participating in the joint campus drive, informed Prof C.L. Kochher, Director-cum-Principal of the institute.

The selected candidates will get an opportunity to join the company as graduate engineer trainee with a starting package of nearly 1.75 lakh, he said.

Summer activities

The middle section students of Eklavya School are being taken out for a one-week summer trip to Chail. The students along with the educator, Mr Arun Prasher, are looking forward to the programme which will offer fun, challenging activities and an opportunity for personal growth, tailored for children of these ages for which an activity programme design has already been drafted. In addition, the kids will be educated about the environment, first-aid and survival skills.

There will be other activities like rock climbing, rope climbing, rappelling, rope craft, carpentry, eco walk and village visit.

Recruitment drive

Lovely training and placement cell is organising a joint campus recruitment programme for Hewitt Associates, a computer software firm, on May 19. Students of BCA, BIT, MCA and B.Tech in electronics and communication engineering, computer science engineering from the host institute and surrounding colleges would be appearing for the interview. Recently, 14 students of LIT had been placed in Infosys, Birla Soft and HCL Technologies.

Calligraphy contest

Sanskriti KMV School organised an inter-class calligraphy competition for classes I and III. Nisthan, Simranjeet, Nikita, Manavi, Karishma Jain, Margret Riya, Riya Sharma and Ashin were declared winners.

An inter-house English paper reading competition was conducted within school campus for Classes IV to VI.

Amandeep Kaur of Class VI stood first, Neha Singh of Class V was declared second and Jatinder Yadav won third prize.

The pre-primary wing of the school oganised a drawing and colouring contest. Palak Chopra of pre-nursery, Garima and Abhishek of nursery and Savita and Hunar of KG Class stood first in their respective classes.

Ms Usha Pandey, principal, gave certificates to position holders.

Investiture ceremony

An investiture ceremony was organised at Seth Hukum Chand SD Public Senior Secondary School. The participating students took a pledge to maintain discipline and carry out duties diligently. Ramneet was taken as the head boy, while Jasmeet was chosen as head girl. Rohit and Harmanjeet Kaur were chosen as sports captains. Ms Manju Arora, principal, wished them good luck.

Summer camp

A ten-day summer camp is in full swing at Delhi Public School. Kids are taking part in a wide range of activities from swimming to basketball, skating, art and craft, music, dance, yoga and personality development. Martial art like Taekwondo has also been getting a very good response from the children of all age groups. The school has engaged skilled teachers and professional coaches for the purpose of training the little ones.

Grandparents’ Day

A Grandparents’ Day was organised at Victoria International Public School, Phagwara. Mr Ram Pal Verma, a grandparent, was the chief guest. He awarded 45 best performing students and gave them gifts. Another grandparent, Mr Ranjit Singh, also talked about degrading moral values and among youngsters and the role of parents in bringing about a change for improvement. Dr M.K. Singh, principal, expressed her gratitude to all grandparents who had come to attend the function.

Taekwondo contest

Students of Saffron Public School participated a Taekwondo competition organised by Tang-soo-do-club. A team of 54 students of the school won the overall trophy. The school also got 12 gold, nine silver and eight bronze medals. Ms Sandeepa Sood, principal, congratulated the students.  

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Pensioners launch joint struggle for demands  
Tribune News Service

Leaders of all federations and associations of the Central government employees, All India Central Government Pensioners’ Association (AICGPA) and Bharat Pensioner Samaj have decided to join hands to wage a joint “struggle” to press for their demands.

Mr V.S. Jolly, secretary general of the AICGPA, in a press note, said that 110 delegates of all associations had met in Delhi on May 14, where they deliberated upon the issue of the sixth Central Pay Commission and demands of the Central government employees and pensioners.

He said that it had been decided that dharnas and demonstrations would be organised in the first week of June at all district and state headquarters, and at Delhi during the first week of August, as part of the joint “struggle”.

Mr Jolly, who has also been taken as a member of the newly set up steering committee, said that the UPA government had been urged to grant a minimum of Rs 1000 per month interim relief to the Central government employees and pensioners immediately before the setting up of the sixth Central Pay Commission.

He said that the PM, Dr Manmohan Singh, had been urged to accept the relevant recommendations of the fifth Central Pay Commission which were still pending, such as making pension free of income tax.

The pensioners have also demanded that additional pension be granted for service beyond period of 33 years, commutation of pension be restored after 12 years instead of 15 years, and free medical care be provided to pensioners. 

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